There’s been quite a bit of hype around 19-year-old superstar American gymnast Simone Biles going into this year’s Olympics. The athlete is an advance favorite to bring home a hefty stack of medals, thanks to the level of difficulty she includes in her routines and her title as three-time world champ.
But although she may be launching herself to unheard-of heights in her jumps, with her two feet on the ground, Biles is very tiny. So tiny, in fact, that at 4 ft. 8 in., she’s the shortest of the 555 athletes that make up the U.S.’s Olympic delegation. She was even able to find a fellow Team USA Olympian, volleyball player David Lee, who stands two whole feet taller.
Fellow gymnastics squad member (and 2012 medalist) Aly Raisman also went back-to-back with Lee for a photo opp — and he towers over her, too. Take a look at how the entire men’s volleyball team of Cuba dwarfs the petite U.S. ladies’ gymnastics squad, none of whom clock in above 5 ft. 2 in.:
Even in comparison with her own crew, Biles is a particularly compact athlete. Here she is with Gabby Douglas, the reigning all-around champion from 2012:
And here’s the whole 2016 squad lined up (and decked out in patriotic leotards).
The lesson here, as Biles herself tweeted: size really doesn’t matter. Because the Team USA gymnasts may be small, but expectations for their Rio success are very tall.
- Why Cell Phone Reception Is Getting Worse
- The Dirty Secrets of Alternative Plastics
- Israeli Family Celebrates Release of Hostage Grandmother
- We Should Get Paid for Our Online Data: Column
- The COP28 Outcomes Business Leaders Are Watching For
- The 100 Must-Read Books of 2023
- The Top 100 Photos of 2023
- Want Weekly Recs on What to Watch, Read, and More? Sign Up for Worth Your Time